Sex offender-turned-Mormon home school teacher stabs himself after he's busted again for molestation
Martin Gillen

A Mormon church-sanctioned home school teacher attempted to kill himself after he was arrested a second time on child sex crime charges.


Martin Gillen stabbed himself in the throat as Nevada police tried to arrest him in August at his Henderson home on a charge of lewdness with a child, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The 43-year-old Gillen, who was a convicted sex offender, had been working as a home school teacher through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was accused of fondling a 10-year-old girl at her home, prosecutors said.

Gillen was indicted Wednesday on four more felony charges: first-degree kidnapping, child abuse, neglect or endangerment, use of a minor in producing pornography and burglary.

If he's convicted, Gillen faces a possible life term in prison without the possibility of parole.

Gillen, who was convicted in 2002 of sexual assault of a child and sentenced to eight years in prison, remains free on $100,000 bond.

A teenage employee at Gillen's previous job as manager of a Colorado skating rink reported finding him photographing a partially nude 6-year-old girl in a restroom.

The child told authorities that Gillen had molested her on multiple occasions.

After he was released from prison, Gillen moved to the Las Vegas area and got a job through the Mormon church teaching Scripture lessons in family homes.

Investigators said he produced pornographic images of a girl whose family he had befriended and molested her.

Authorities are concerned Gillen may have victimized other children.

Church officials in Las Vegas referred the Review-Journal to an office in Utah, but Mormon representatives have not yet commented on the case.

Gillen, who told police he tried to kill himself to avoid going back to prison, was hospitalized for his injuries but recovered.